november 2011

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordiali saluti,

Gianluca
www.i-ras.unicas.it

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INDICE

1. RAS AdCom Election Results
2. Symposium on 'Spatial cognition in robotics', ICSC 2012 in Rome, Italy, September 4-8, 2012
3. The 12th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV 2012)
4. Programma della Settimana della Robotica
5. Research position in urban driving
6. CompIMAGE 2012
7. 2 Post-Doc Positions in Surgical Robotics - Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa
8. 2 postdoc positions in robot learning by imitation and reinforcement at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

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1. RAS AdCom Election Results

Complimenti ad Antonio Bicchi per la rielezione nel AdCom della RAS. I nuovi membri sono (http://www.ieee-ras.org/news/ras-adcom-election-results-1.html):

Wolfram Burgard
Oussama Khatib
Nancy M. Amato
Robin R. Murphy
Antonio Bicchi
Fumihito Arai

Approfitto nella newsletter per un ringraziamento personale a tutti quanti mi hanno espresso fiducia.

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2.  Symposium on 'Spatial cognition in robotics', ICSC 2012 in Rome, Italy, September 4-8, 2012

Spatial Cognition is concerned with the acquisition, organization, use and
update of knowledge about spatial environments. These capabilities enable
humans to manage basic and high-level cognitive tasks in everyday life.
The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers which address
the problem of Spatial Cognition from the perspective of the Robotics
research community, and to share our experiences with researchers from
other space-related scientific disciplines (behavioural, cognitive,
computational, developmental, neuroanatomical, physiological, social).

Topics
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The topics of the symposium include, but are not limited to:

- multimodal perception,
- spatio-temporal reasoning,
- active spatial exploration,
- conceptualization and scene classification,
- grammars for scenes,
- topological mapping,
- objects in context: scenes and objects,
- scene recognition without objects,
- visual localization,
- mobile robot navigation: mapping and visual SLAM,
- ...

Symposium Convenor
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Antonio Bandera
  ajbandera@uma.es
  University of Malaga, Spain

Publication
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Accepted short papers will be published in a special issue of COGNITIVE
PROCESSING - INTERNATIONAL QUARTERLY OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE (Impact Factor:
1,03)

Important Dates
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Symposium proposals(General abstracts with authors and titles of
single contributions):                          October 31, 2011
Abstracts of single contributions to symposia:  January 31, 2012
Short papers (optional):                        April 15,   2012

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3. The 12th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV 2012)

Dear Colleague

The 12th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV 2012), will be held in Guangzhou, China from 5 - 7 December 2012. We trust that the areas covered by the conference match your research interests and sincerely invite you to submit papers and participate in the conference.

Proposals for organizing invited sessions for ICARCV 2012 are also welcome. More details on the conference can be found at the website
http://www.icarcv.org/.

We would appreciate very much if you can help to forward this message to anyone whom you think may be interested in the areas covered by the conference.

We apologize if you receive multiple copies of this announcement.

Best regards,

Han WANG
Publicity Co-chair, ICARCV 2012

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4. Programma della Settimana della Robotica

http://www.eurobotics-project.eu/cms/index.php?idcat=71

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5. Research position in urban driving

The IRA lab. of Dept. Informatica, Sistemistica and Comunicazione of
Universita` degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca has an opening for a 2-years
full-time research fellowship in the framework of an applied research
project, co-funded by Regione Lombardia, the university, and Info Solution
S.p.A., a SME specializing in embedded control and guidance applications,
for different markets.

An objective of the funding programme is to have the person taking this
position employed by the company, after the end of the fellowship. Potential
candidated are therefore invited to contact soon Domenico G. Sorrenti, to be
put in contact with the company, so that the selection procedure could base
also on an evaluation from their side.

The activity will take place at the university, where both a vehicle and
suitable private spaces for trials are available, as well as at Info Solution
premises.

The project title is "OMMAVE: Odometria Multi-sensoriale per la Mobilità
Automatica di VEicoli" (Multi-sensorial odometry for the automatic mobility
of vehicles).

In short the project objective is: "A localization component for autonomously
driven vehicles will be developed. This component will integrate with the GPS
signal, overcoming its absences, due to vegetation, buildings. clouds, etc.
The component will exploit data from sensors as cameras, laser scanners, and
inertials. The expected usage, in the medium term, of this product is in the
autonomous driving of vehicles for transport of people and goods in urban
settings, based of fleets of autonomous vehicles."

The succesful candidate, besides holding a laurea magistrale degree (or
equivalent degree, i.e., 5 years after high school) in a scientific or
technological area, will have to:
- have good programming abilities;
- have an introductory knowledge of:
  - analytic and projective geometry, and linear algebra,
  - mechanics of bodies, representation of rototranslations,
  - robotics, and Bayesian filtering,
  - software engineering,
  - C and C++ programming languages,
  - Matlab programming environment,
  - OpenCV library.

"Nice to have" competences are:
- writing capabilities of contributions to international conferences/journals,
- knowledge of the graphic programming environment gnome under linux,
- knowledge of the graphic programming environment QT,
- knowledge of public domain cartographic systems,
- design of printed circuit boards.

The deadline for submitting the application is November 4th, 2011.

The selection will be performed by a commission, basing on the evaluation
of submitted documentation, and an interview, which is scheduled for November
18th, 2011 at 12:00am (GMT+1). Candidates can ask to arrange a telematic
interview at the same time.

The call can be found at the following link (in italian and english):
http://www.unimib.it/link/news.jsp?4005272799038529554

The call is also available at the Italian Ministry for University and
Research website:
http://bandi.miur.it/bandi.php/public/fellowship/id_fellow/4835

Further details can be asked to Domenico G. Sorrenti, tel +39 026448.7841,
email sorrenti@disco.unimib.it.

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6. CompIMAGE 2012

Computational Modeling of  Objects Presented in Images: Fundamentals, Methods and Applications

Roma  5--7 Settembre 2012.

www.dis.uniroma1.it/compimage2012

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7. 2 Post-Doc Positions in Surgical Robotics - Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa

2 Post-Doc Positions in Surgical Robotics
Department of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology
Genoa, Italy
www.iit.it

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology invites applications for the following post-doc positions:

*  Novel interfaces for robotic microsurgery [uRALP.HCI]

*  Surgical robotic system integration [uRALP.SI]

The successful candidates will be part of the collaborative project µRALP - Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery, which is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Descriptions and requirements for each position are as follows:

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Post-Doc in Novel Interfaces for Robotic Microsurgery  [uRALP.HCI]

This position is dedicated to research and development of novel user interfaces for robot-assisted laser microsurgeries. Its focus will be on the analysis, evaluation and development of novel user interfaces for intuitive, precise, safe and ergonomic teleoperation of the surgical robotic systems developed within µRALP. This will involve the creation of experimental setups to scientifically investigate critical factors that affect each of these characteristics, including their impact on the cognitive burden imposed on the operator. In addition, a strong collaboration with partner surgeons is expected as part of the new systems’ evaluations. This research will support the creation of an optimal teleoperation system for laser microsurgeries, advancing the state of the art in surgical laser control via new interface devices and operating environments.

Desired qualifications:

· PhD degree

· Experience in planning, setup and analysis of experiments for user interfaces evaluation

· Experience with tools and methods for performance evaluation of engineered systems

· Familiarity with programming and measurements

· Aptitude to design and develop new HCI systems

· Strong interest in medical robotics

· Creativity and proactive attitude

· Experience working in multidisciplinary teams

· High quality publication record

· Fluency in both spoken and written English

· Candidates with background in psychology, cognition or related field are also welcome

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Post-Doc in Surgical Robotic System Integration [uRALP.SI]

This position is dedicated to the integration of complex systems for robot-assisted microsurgeries. The successful applicant will be responsible for the design and implementation of an integrated system for real-time control of the multitude of sub-systems to be developed within µRALP, including user interfaces, robot and actuators, multi-modal imaging systems, pre- and intra-operative planning systems, and supervisory safety systems. In addition, the position may also involve research in assisted teleoperation of surgical robots, and support for the development of new human-computer interfaces.

Desired qualifications:

· PhD degree in computer science, software engineering, or related field

· Proven experience in software development for systems integration

· Expertise in object-oriented programming, C, C++, multi-threading, communication networks and protocols, and software development in MS Windows and Linux

· Experience in real-time systems, interfaces, and robotic systems

· Proactive attitude, creativity, and strong problem solving skills

· Interest in medical robotics

· Experience working in multidisciplinary teams

· High quality publication record

· Fluency in both spoken and written English

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International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues.

Salary will depend on the candidate’s experience. Current range is from 30k-40k Euros per year excluding additional pension and health benefits. Applicants may also qualify for reduced taxes benefits.

Contracts are for 2 years with a possible renewal and future career options upon successful completion. Expected start date is January 2012.

For further information contact Dr. Leonardo De Mattos (leonardo.demattos@iit.it).

Applications, including cover letter, CV, and the contact information of at least two references should be emailed to leonardo.demattos@iit.it quoting [uRALP.HCI] or [uRALP.SI] in the email subject. For consideration, please apply by 01.DEC.2011.

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data. We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper based means, observing the rules on protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art.7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager. The Italian Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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8. 2 postdoc positions in robot learning by imitation and reinforcement at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

** 2 postdoc positions in robot learning by imitation and reinforcement **

The Department of Advanced Robotics (http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics) at the Italian Institute of Technology, an English-language research institute, has 2 postdoc openings in the area of machine learning applied to compliant robot control.

The successful candidates will participate in a new European research project called STIFF-FLOP (STIFFness controllable Flexible and Learn-able Manipulator for surgical OPerations) starting early 2012. The project is a collaboration of 11 universities, research institutes and companies in Europe: KCL (UK), SSSA (Italy), TRI (Spain), PIAP (Poland), HUJI (Israel), UoS (UK), USiegen (Germany), Shadow (UK), FRK (Poland) and EAES (Netherlands).

We are seeking highly motivated and talented candidates who wish to contribute to the development and experimental validation of novel imitation learning and reinforcement learning algorithms applied to a variety of compliant robots available in the Department of Advanced Robotics. These platforms include: a bimanual upper-torso composed of two Barrett WAM manipulators, a KUKA LightWeight Arm and the compliant humanoid robot COMAN.

The developed algorithms will be extended to the challenge of minimally invasive surgery, in which robotic tools must enter through narrow openings and manipulate soft organs that can
move, deform, or change stiffness. The successful candidates will concentrate on the learning, collaborative human-robot interaction and/or variable compliance manipulation aspects of this project.

The research will be conducted within the Learning and Interaction Group (http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics/research-areas/learning-and-inter...). Contracts are up to 4 years with respect to the duration of the project. Salaries will depend on experience, with policies providing additional pension and health benefits. Applicants may also qualify for reduced tax benefits. Expected starting date is February 2012.

For further information please contact: Dr Sylvain Calinon (sylvain.calinon@iit.it).

IIT is located in Genova, Italy, a seaside Mediterranean city set on the beautiful Italian Riviera, where the cost of living is much more affordable than many other European cities. International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues.

Application Requirements:
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- PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering
- High-quality publications record
- Strong interest in machine learning
- A high level of competence in one or more of the following areas: imitation learning, reinforcement learning, probabilistic models, MATLAB and C/C++ programming
- Experience in robot control is a plus
- Fluency in written and spoken English (IIT is an English language research institute)

Application Procedure:
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To apply, please send a detailed CV, a statement of motivation, copies of degree certificates, grade transcripts, contact information of at least two references, and other support materials such as reference letters to Dr Sylvain Calinon (sylvain.calinon@iit.it) and Dr Petar Kormushev (petar.kormushev@iit.it), by quoting STIFF-FLOP in the email.

For consideration, please apply by:  ** December 4, 2011 **

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Sylvain Calinon, PhD
Team leader - Learning and Interaction Group,
Department of Advanced Robotics,
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT),
Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova
http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics/labs/learning-and-interaction.html
http://programming-by-demonstration.org/learning-and-interaction/

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